Unsigned RFAs Tony DeAngelo and Brendan Lemieux are taking part in the Rangers informal skates prior to training camp. (Larry Brooks)
Training camp begins later this week.
Larry Brooks tweets that talks with both players are continuing but “no progress at this point.”
He notes that Lemieux has been working with Rangers strength consultant Ben Prentiss this summer while DeAngelo joined the informal skates yesterday. (Brooks)
It’s long been believed that both players, RFAs with no arbitration rights, will end up signing one-year deals at or close to their qualifying offers of $874,125.
Jeff Gorton said earlier in the offseason that he did not envision the Rangers needing to make any other salary cap moves to sign the two.
Adam Rotter: I’m a little surprised neither player has signed yet since it’s been more than a month since Kevin Shattenkirk was bought out and the Rangers cap situation for this season really came into focus. It really doesn’t benefit either player to miss a minute of camp so I’d expect both to agree to terms in the next day or two otherwise they will put themselves at a disadvantage when it comes to their roles. Neither can be sent to Hartford without waivers, so it’s almost certain that both will be with the Rangers when they eventually sign but neither are Mitch Marner or Brayden Point and assured of a major role if they miss any of training camp. DeAngelo probably has more of a lock on a bigger role than Lemieux does but Adam Fox could change that.